Reviews by Dai Alanye

Foul Play

by Dion Boucicault

A book with two authors and two types of writing. One type is terse and straightforward, and goes down easily. The second type (far more common) is wordy and melodramatic, and should be skipped over rapidly. The plot is complex if slightly contrived, the story at times intriguing if unlikely, the coincidences strewn thickly.

Much of it takes place on Swiss Family Robinson Island or a similar place with impossible natural history. The hero is a wonderful laborer, accomplishing more in a forenoon than you or I could in a week.

Reviewed on 2014.12.11

Going Some

by Rex Beach

A jolly little tale taking place on a dude ranch in the early years of the previous century. Supposed to be a working ranch, in fact, but no work ever seems to take place. Plenty of chuckles, though.

Reviewed on 2014.12.11


by Stewart Edward White

Darn good tale of the '49 gold rush with four friends who do it all, going from rags to riches to rags again, but with a strong hope of future riches. An adult tale but with no silly girls to giggle and carry on.

White was quite an adventure writer, and was quite an adventurer himself in real life.

Reviewed on 2014.12.11

The Eye of Zeitoon

by Talbot Mundy

This is a sort of buddy novel—Seven Samurai for English-speakers—the Armenians versus the Turks with some Gypsies thrown in.

Should have been a good read, having exotic locations and characters, beautiful Amazonian women, close scrapes and plenty of battles. Also, regrettably, a huge amount of blather. Took hard work and determination to finish.

Reviewed on 2014.12.03

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